Racing tip of the day
David O’Meara enjoyed a very good Dante Meeting, a couple of lightly-raced handicap debutants obliging in some style. Let’s hope the theme continues at Ripon this afternoon.
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The early indications are Lord Of The Nile doesn’t carry the same level of market confidence into the Middleham Trainers Association Handicap at Ripon as G Force did at the Knavesmire, but he’s a fascinating contender at around 4/1.
A well-bred son of Galileo, he was with Dermot Weld last season and opened his account at the second time of asking for his new trainer when a long odds-on shot at Catterick.
He looked to be crying out for a step up in trip there (something his breeding screams) and gets that here on his first start in a handicap.
An opening mark of 79 definitely factors in some improvement on his form so far – but there could be any amount. And crucially he showed the unique undulations of Ripon were no problem on his reappearance when a good second in a decent maiden.
The money for Richard Fahey’s New Street is interesting as he too looks this step up in trip will bring about improvement based on his Yarmouth return – but Lord Of The Nile looks just the sort of project that O’Meara has made his name with. He’ll do for me.